Monday, November 21, 2011

Gotta Go: Wright Brothers Memorial

Next month marks the 108th anniversary of Wilbur and Orville Wright’s great accomplishment, man’s first controlled flight in a heavier-than-air craft. Join the celebration.

On Dec. 17, the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk, N.C., will hold its annual celebration of the first flight from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. It’s free. National Park Service rangers will lead a tribute at the exact place and time as the historic flight. You can also visit a replica of the brothers’ encampment; an extensive visitors center; and the soaring, 60-foot granite monument to the brothers’ feat.

Wright Brothers National Memorial is at mile post 7.5 on U.S. Highway 158. Here’s the website.

There’s more to do that weekend on the Outer Banks. Take in a home and gardens workshop and a kid’s craft day at Elizabethan Gardens. From 10 a.m. until noon, learn wreath making during the same time that children from 5 and over enjoy arts and craft and a stroll through the Gardens. Both have a cost and have limited enrollment. Visit this website for details.

At the Indoor Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park, UNC-Greensboro’s troup will perform “Amahl and the Night Visitors” on Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in. It’s an opera about the biblical three Wise Men, and is performed internationally every Christmas season. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for those 12 and under. For details, click here.

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